PAYOMET: Don't Miss David Wax Museum This Sunday!

"Pure, irresistible joy!"  NPR on David Wax and his Mexo-Americana band

David Wax Museum. Photo courtesy of

with Special Guest Opener - JIMMY RYAN

  • SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
  • TIME: 7:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Wellfleet Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
  • TICKETS: $20 General Seating; $15 Teachers, Students & Union Members; $30 Preferred Seating and AfterParty
  • PHONE: 866-811-4111 (No service charge for advance tickets)

DAVID WAX MUSEUM, an "act of great invention and verve" (Boston Herald) and the Boston Music Awards 2010 Americana Artist of the Year, performs at the Wellfleet Congregational Church in part of Payomet Performing Arts Center’s Sunday Music Series. Sunday, May 29th at 7:00 PM opens with special guest JIMMY RYAN, Boston’s own mandolin master.


David Wax Museum was named by as one of the top 10 music acts at the recent South by Southwest Music Festival (from more than 2,000 bands that came from across the country.  Its acclaimed performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival was hailed as one of highlights of the entire weekend by NPR. The Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, and donkey jawbone rattling, they have electrified audiences across the country and are “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker).

Use of a quijada (donkey jawbone for percussion) and a jarana (small, Mexican guitar) ,in addition to acoustic guitar and fiddle, give David Wax Museum a unique sound, marrying Americana music with sounds from Mexican folk music. For the new album 'Everything Is Saved,' the band also brings onboard tapan (Greek percussion instrument), morin khuur (Mongolian horsehead fiddle), viola, accordion, chord organ, lap steel, clarinet, trombone, saxophone, and vibraphone, making for an eclectic whole rooted in traditional sounds.

David Wax studied Mexican history at Harvard and on a subsequent fellowship and Suz Slezak grew up in bluegrass-rich Appalachia as a violinist before becoming a self-taught donkey jawbone player. Wax and Slezak offer a demonstration of their unusual instruments in this interview/performance clip.

"I made my first trip to Mexico in 2001 to work with an NGO as part of the American Friends Service Committee. We were in an indigenous village in La Huasteca where I first heard this regional style of central Mexican music. I learned new songs and instruments," says Wax.

Lest David Wax Museum be pigeonholed, Wax also acknowledges the influence of Americana artists like Ryan Adams, Uncle Tupelo, The Avett Brothers (with whom the band has toured), and the Low Anthem. In fact, the latter band covers an early David Wax Museum ballad "Let Me Rest."
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ABOUT Special Guest Opener, JIMMY RYAN

For more than a decade, Jimmy Ryan has electrified the Boston music scene with his fusion of bluegrass pickin’ and driving edge rock.
Performing live, Jimmy’s fingers fly across the mandolin like lightning rips through a stormy sky. His flair is energizing, his style unique and the outcome leaves his audience spellbound. A blended perfection of rootsy rock, bluegrass and world music, his invigorating performance displays influences ranging from Bill Monroe to Bob Marley. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on